The Brexit Coordinator for the European Parliament called the achievement from angry Remainers “impressive” as the campaign to revoke Article 50 became the biggest-ever submitted to the Parliament website. Mr Verhofstadt took to social media to share his delight, he wrote on Twitter: “Five million people signed the petition to revoke article 50. Impressive! #petitiontorevokearticle50.” Meanwhile MP Anna Soubry of the Independent Group shared a photo of the petition passing the mark, tweeting: “This is serious!”
However leading Eurosceptics have cast doubt over the legitimacy of the petition, claiming it can be signed multiple times by the same individual.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “That petition is put together and signed by people all over the world including Russia so perhaps you should look at collusion into that place.
“The whole thing is a nonsense. There are people boasting they have signed it 100 times.”
However in a tweet, the House of Commons committee said approximately 96% of signatories were from the UK.
The website requires signatories to tick a box confirming they are a British citizen or UK resident and provide a name, email address, country and postcode.
By contrast, a pro-Brexit petition on the Parliament website which urges the Government to leave the EU without a deal has received just 455,000 signatures.
On Saturday organisers of the “Put it to the People’ campaign claimed one million supporters took to the streets on London demanding a public get the final say on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
High-Profile celebrities and politicians including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Labour Deputy leader Tom Watson all joined the crowds as they marched from Park Lane to Parliament square.
Sadiq Khan told the crowds: “It’s time to give us, the British people, a final say on Brexit.”
Mr Verhofstadt, the leading Europhile, was also encouraged by the “revolt against Brexit” in the Capital and accused Brexiteers of running away.
Mr Verhofstadt said: “The revolt against Brexit, by marching and petitions, is the best answer to all kind of populists and nationalists who promised the undeliverable and then ran away.”
Meanwhile Prime Minister rejected claims public opinion had changed and stated the 2016 referendum was “the biggest democratic exercise in our history” and insisted parliament will “deliver on that vote”
The Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU petition has 5,098,189 signatures as of 5pm.